Lewis R. Clayton - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Lewis R. Clayton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 212-373-3215

A partner in the Litigation Department and co-chair of the Intellectual Property and ERISA Litigation Groups, Lew Clayton is a nationally recognized litigator and trial lawyer. Lew has handled major litigations and counseled clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters. Two areas of particular focus for Lew are intellectual property litigation and counseling, and ERISA, benefits and pension litigation.

Additional Information


Representative complex commercial litigation matters:

  • Apollo Management LP and Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. - secured a favorable settlement of multi-billion dollar claims asserted by Huntsman Corporation in multiple jurisdictions after an adverse judgment in the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Derivative plaintiff investment funds and managers who collectively held a 20 percent equity interest in satellite company Loral Space & Communications - obtained sweeping injunctive relief and an award of all their attorney's fees in Delaware Chancery Court.
Harvard College Harvard Law School J.D. 1978

Client Comments

"Lewis Clayton is wonderful; he is an expert, as well as talented."

"Lew Clayton is one of the most amazing attorneys I have met. He never stops working, and he never stops thinking about the best and most persuasive way to present a case. The guy is just a brilliant advocate."

-Mike Barnhill
State Investment Officer, Department of Revenue
State of Alaska

"Lewis Clayton is extremely talented; the man to see on any ERISA-related litigation."

"Lew Clayton is an incredible lawyer. He never stops thinking about the best way to present a case. He never stops working."

-Mike Barnhill
State Investment Officer, Department of Revenue
State of Alaska

"Lew Clayton is one of the best outside counsels I have ever worked with -- deeply knowledgeable, committed to his clients' long term interests, and sensitive to cost concerns. On the right matter in advertising and intellectual property litigation, I would recommend him without reservation."

-Ronald J. Gizzi
BP America Inc.

"Lewis Clayton has an outstanding legal mind, effective style in front of the court, and is a very experienced and street smart litigator. He takes the high road in advising a client even when it is apparent the opposition is not following suit."

-Robert Morris
Olympus Partners

Office Location

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Copyright Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - ERISA
Litigation - Intellectual Property